Mirrored spray paint, Mercury glass effect DIY

Mirror spray paint DIY

I have a really fun DIY for you today, I am testing out some Rust-oleum mirror effect spray paint and I am turning some cheap drinking glasses into expensive looking vases. I was sent a sample of the mirror effect spray earlier in the year and it has been sitting in my paint stash for ages. Whilst scrolling through Pinterest for ideas on what to use it on I Stumbled across a technique to get a Mercury effect on the glass. I noticed lately that these mercury effect pieces are really popular in peoples home decor and I have seen some in my fave homeware shops. 

What is Mercury Glass? 

Back in the day, it was known as “Poor man’s silver”, It was a glass that was blown double walled, then silvered between the layers with a liquid silvering solution, and sealed. ( Source Wikipedia ). I had to google what it actually was. I had seen vases and tableware with this effect but I actually never knew what it was. I like it because it has an aged look to it and looks antique. 

If you want to buy Mercury glass now it can be expensive, but, for the cost of a can of mirror spray paint, some Vinegar and water and some glasses I will show you how to get this look for less than €20. 

How to get this effect

What you will need

Mirror effect spray paint

A spray bottle 

Water and Vinegar


Glass items to decorate

The steps to achieving this effect

  1. The first thing to do is clean your glass, you will not need to prime the glass to get this effect. 
  2. Then, get your empty spray bottle and add a 50/50 mixture of water and Vinegar. 
  3. Mist your glass lightly with the water and vinegar mix. ( I sprayed the outside of the glass but the tutorials I watched people sprayed the inside. As it was my first attempt I went for the easy option and prayed the outside of the glass).
  4. Then apply one coat of mirror spray paint. 
  5. Using a tissue dab the water spots on the glass, be careful not to rub the paint and use light dabbing strokes. 

Then repeat Steps 3,4,5 for two more times to get your desired effect. You can have a look at my Youtube video also to see how I did it. Once you are happy with your piece let it fully dry and cure. Then you can add some pretty flowers to your new vases. 

I picked up normal drinking glasses from Dunnes Stores for my DIY, they were only €2-€3. You can use some old glasses in your home or even give an old vase a new lease of life. These are really popular for weddings and I have seen people using these in their table settings. 

I picked up some pink roses and Gypsohelea from my local Supermarket. I love the contrast of the pink and silver. Get creative and add your fave flowers to your new vases. 

Let me know if you give this DIY a try. Don’t forget to tag me in your Instagram pics so I can have a peep at your DIY’s and get inspired. I tried to explain the how to process as best I could but do have a look at my Youtube video to get a better idea. 

Thanks for reading, 

Chat soon, 




  1. Kris
    September 6, 2017 / 6:23 am

    Wow, this is such a pretty & creative diy idea! Loving it, I need to try it at home!Have an awesome day!xx Krishttps://dreamingofpink.wordpress.com

    • Catherine Carton
      September 7, 2017 / 6:05 am

      Thanks so much for popping by and reading it! Same to you x

  2. Caroline Jackson
    February 10, 2018 / 10:32 am

    This an excellent combination for airbrush makeup kit, I had to visit the home improvement store to find a rubber washer/gasket so the device perform. It comes with exactly what seems a like a white mp3 that will assist with the issue but it shreds apart once the filter is actually threaded onto the pump.

  3. Tammie Jennings
    August 11, 2019 / 5:44 pm


    I just found your site and this idea! I am looking to turn 16×16 pieces of glass into mirrored tops for my night stands and think this idea of faux mercury glass will look great. Going to give it a try and will definitely post pictures of before and after. Thank you for sharing this great technique and idea! Wish me luck!

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